Silver treasures could be found at Stansted auction valuation day

A silver and enamel covered dish and spoon designed by C R Ashbee was sold in 2005 for £17,800.

A silver and enamel covered dish and spoon designed by C R Ashbee was sold in 2005 for £17,800. - Credit: Archant

A range of silverware including a 1920s goblet crafted by a leading designer will go under the hammer next week.

The goblet, designed by Omar Ramsden, will be on show at Sworders Auction House, in Stansted Mountfitchet, for a valuation day ahead of the auction on Tuesday, June 30.

Anita Anderson, silver specialist, will be on hand at the auction house hoping to make another discovery like her favourite, from 2005, where a two-handled bowl with cover and spoon sold for £17,800 – about three times its estimate.

Ms Anderson said: “A client brought in a pretty two-handled bowl and cover with spoon ensuite.

“This had always been in his family and was used everyday on the breakfast table for jam. It was an exquisite Guild of Handicraft piece designed by CR Ashbee made in 1903 with a cherry red enamel cover and finial set with a blister pearl.

“What made the item doubly attractive was that the spoon was still with the piece and again this was set with a blister pearl at the end of the handle; a museum-quality item.

“The client had absolutely no idea of its value. It was included in a sale with an estimate of £4,000-6,000 and fetched £17,800 hammer.”

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Also up for auction next week will be a gold and bloodstone double-ended desk seal from the 19th century.

It carries the coat of arms of the Viscounts Falkland and the initials LC, probably for Lucius Cray, the 10th Viscount Falkland. It is valued at £2,500- £3,500.

Ms Anderson added: “I would be delighted to find objects of similar importance and value among the pieces brought in for valuation on June 25.”

INFORMATION: The valuation day runs from 9.30am to midday and from 2pm to 4pm. For more, visit